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February 2012
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Sunday 26 February
London Bus Museum EFE Commissions For Spring Gathering
The following press release has been recieved from the London Bus Museum today.

London Bus Museum is pleased to announce details of this yearís limited-edition models by EFE for the annual Spring Gathering on 29 April:


26410A is Daimler Utility D73 on route 88 to Clapham Common with side advertisements for the Spring Gathering.
This model will be produced in a limited run of 213 pieces.


26322B is Guy Utility G148 on route 79 to Alperton LT Stn with side advertisements for London Bus Museum.
This model will be produced in a limited run of 400 pieces.

The models will be released for sale at 10am in the Museum Shop marquee at the event at Wisley Airfield. Each model will be priced at £15, or £13 to card-carrying LBPT Members. Due to the low production quantities, itís possible that the models will sell out at the event but, should any stock be left at the end of the day, mail-order purchase arrangements will be announced on the Museumís web-site at www.londonbusmuseum.com. Museum Members who volunteer to work at the event will be able to reserve their models in advance but this facility will not be available in other circumstances.

Update 27-02-12: The Museum have clarified that EFE model numbers will be as shown above.

Friday 24 February
Confirmed Oxford Releases
The following Oxford Diecast models have been released recently.

76OWB001 Royal Navy - Bedford OWB Utility Bus (1:76)
NOB010 Wallace Arnold - Bedford OB Duple Vista Coach (1:148)

Oxford Diecast Model Lists
I've compiled a new model list detailing all the N scale models produced or planned by Oxford Diecast, hopefully this will prove useful to collectors of this scale, and also supplement Peter Harrison's existing list of 1:76 Oxford models.
Oxford N Scale Models List    Oxford 1:76 Scale Models List

Release information kindly supplied by


Friday 24 February
Confirmed OOC Releases
The following OOC models have been released by Corgi this week.

OM43916A Provincial (Gosport Ferry Destination) - Guy Arab II Utility Double Deck Bus
OM43916B Provincial (Fareham West End Destination) - Guy Arab II Utility Double Deck Bus

Friday 24 February
Confirmed EFE Releases
The following models have now been released by EFE.

20011 Tynemouth - Leyland Titan PD2/12 MCW Orion Double Deck Bus
20137 Southern Vectis - Bedford OB Duple Vista Coach

Friday 17 February
Six New EFE Models Announced
EFE have announced details of six new models, all the models are scheduled for release in either April or May.

Click the thumbnail to view large images of the cat no links for normal sized images.
Cat No. 35209
Vehicle 36' BET 6 Bay Single Lamps
Operator Ribble
Fleet No. 611
Registration CCK 611C
Route 113 Wigan
Expected April
Cat No. 38101
Vehicle Bristol VRT (Flat Windscreen)
Operator Midland Alexander
Fleet No. MRT 5
Registration SMS 35H
Route 37A Scone / Highfield
Expected April
Cat No. 17308
Vehicle Leyland National Mark I Single Door
Operator Green Line NBC
Fleet No. LNC 39
Registration NPD 139L
Route 706 Westerham (Chartwell)
Expected May
Cat No. 28606
Vehicle GM Standard Leyland Atlantean
Operator First Manchester
Fleet No. 4603 WN
Registration ANA 603Y
Route 615 Leigh
Expected May
Cat No. 38301
Vehicle Aleander Y Type Bus
Operator Western SMT
Fleet No. AL 2509
Registration HCS 794N
Route 04 Glasgow
Expected May
Cat No. 36704
Vehicle Dart SLF Plaxton Pointer 2 (1 Door)
Operator Stagecoach East Midlands (85 Years)
Fleet No. 34720
Registration YN05 XNZ
Route 50 Chesterfield
Expected May
You can view the latest EFE trade release sheet at


Wednesday 15 February
Latest Releases From B-T Models
The six models below were released by B-T Models earlier this week.


              Production model              /       Pre-production sample
A002 Red & brown - Leyland Beaver Twin Axle Livestock Lorry
(Note: The production model has a different cab & registration number to those shown in the pre-production photograph illustrating a Leyland Comet)


A003 Green - Karrier Bantam Refuse Lorry


N001 British Railways - Leyland FG Flatbed (N Scale)


DA31 British Railways Railfreight - Leyland FG 2 Axle Integral Van


DA32 Russell of Bathgate - Leyland Mastiff Artculated Flatbed


L14 Forks Lift Trucks with Safety Cages - 1 Red & 1 Yellow

Thursday 14 February
Next EFE Releases
The next pair of EFE models are due to be released during the week ending the 25th February.

20011 Tynemouth - Leyland Titan PD2/12 MCW Orion Double Deck Bus
20137 Southern Vectis - Bedford OB Duple Vista Coach
Release information kindly supplied by


Monday 13 February
New B-T Models Announced
Another batch of Duple Dominant Coaches and lorries have been announced by B-T Models. There are three new liveries for the Duple Dominant and four new DA series lorries. Two new lorry cargo packs have also been announced.


B007 Maidstone & District - Leyland Leopard Duple Dominant Dual Purpose Coach


B008 East Kent / National - Leyland Leopard Duple Dominant Express Coach


B009 Eastern National NBC - Leyland Leopard Duple Dominant Express Coach


B010 London Coaches - AEC Reliance Duple Dominant Express Coach


DA36 M.G. Williams (Coal Merchant) - Leyland FG 2 Axle Flatbed Lorry (will coal & coke sacks load


DA37 M.G. Williams (Coal Merchant) - Karrier Bantam 2 Axle Dropside Lorry


DA38 Russell of Bathgate - AEC Mammoth Major 4 Axle Flatbed Lorry


DA39 Atlas Express Co Ltd - Albion Reiver 3 Axle Boxvan


L12 Coal Sacks (Full & empty)


L13 Coke Sacks (Full & empty)


L14 Forks Lift Trucks with Safety Cages - 1 Red & 1 Yellow

The following photograph has also been released of the following model from the last batch of DA series models

DA31 British Railways Railfreight - Leyland FG 2 Axle Integral Van


Monday 13 February
Nuremberg Toy Fair Report
A detailed report focusing the new model bus & coach products exhibited at this years Nuremberg Toy Fair has been posted on the www.modelbus.info site.

Highlights for UK collectors include photographs of samples of Oxford Diecast's new 1:76 scale Bedford OWB Buses and the forthcoming N scale Parks of Hamilton and Jones Login Plaxton Elite coaches. There are also a number of photographs of the latest OOC pre-production sample of the New Bus for London along with a shot of the recently announced Caetano Levante in the National Express Shamrock livery.

You can view larger versions of the above photographs on the www.modelbus.info site

There seems to have been an impressive selection of other bus & coach models from various model manufacturers at this years Toy Fair, I'm sure must collectors will find something to wet their appetite in the show review.

Click HERE for a direct link to the Toy Fair report page, for those not fluent in German you might prefer to view Google translate's attempt at an English translation HERE.

Thursday 9 February
Confirmed EFE Releases
The following pair of models have now been released and should be available from all the EFE retailers.

28009 Maidstone & District N.B.C. - Single Door Daimler Fleetline DMS
36203 British Airways - AEC RMA Routemaster & Luggage Trailer

Wednesday 8 February
Latest EFE Subscriber's Newsletter
The first subscribers newsletter and release sheet of 2012 arrived today.

Leyland Nationals
This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Leyland National and to mark this milestone EFE is planning to produce a few standard release models and a few very short run "regionally chosen" Subscriber specials. With collectors tending to buy models on a more regional basis EFE believes it might be appreciated making these short run specials more relevant to collectors in their area. More details on what models are being planned will be given in the next newsletter.

London Transport Acton Open Weekend
EFE have been commissioned to produce two special models for the next Acton Depot Open Weekend and these models while feature RF207 on route 701 to Ascot and RF174 on route to Sunningdale The models will be on sale at the open weekend which takes place on the 10th & 11th March.

Maidstone & District/East Kent Enthusiasts Rally
EFE will be attending this event at the Kent Showground on Saturday 31st March. With this event and the Trade Fair in March EFE's resources will be stretched and they may have to miss some of the events previously attended. More details will be given in the next newsletter.

New Models
Some previously unannounced models are listed as follows in the "Forthcoming model releases" section of the newsletter.
17308 Green Line NBC - Long Leyland National MkI
38101 Alexander Midland - Bristol VRT Flat Front
28606 First Manchester - GM Standard Atlantean
35209 Ribble - BET 36ft 6 Bay Bus
Courtesy of EFE, a PDF version of the latest Release Sheet plus smaller scans of the latest release sheets
Release Sheet Issue 1 2012 Scan  Airport Routemasters
Click Here for PDF Version (4.9mb)

Saturday 4 February
Latest Atlas Editions Release
Atlas Editions has started posting out the following model to some customers of it's Great British Buses Collection.

GBB23 Blackpool Corporation Transport - Brush Railcoach Tram

Saturday 4 February
Next Scheduled Corgi OOC Release
The following OOC models are scheduled to be released later this month.
Week Ending 25th February

OM43916A Provincial (Gosport Ferry Destination) - Guy Arab II Utility Bus (500 Pieces - All stock allocated)
OM43916B Provincial (Fareham West End Destination) - Guy Arab II Utility Bus (500 Pieces)

Week Ending 3rd March

OM41114A Blackburn Transport (Blackburn Destination) - Leyland PD3 East Lancs (500 Pieces)
OM41114B Blackburn Transport (Wilpshire Destination) - Leyland PD3 East Lancs (500 Pieces)

Wednesday 1 February
Mirror Image Models
I've updated the Mirror Image Models page on themodelbus.com site and the page now shows all the currently available resin kits.

A number of new kits are due to be released during 2012, the first of these is expected to be a tri-axle Caetano Levante Coach. Other new kits due later this year are a low height Northern Counties Leyland Olympian and a new one piece body shell version of the normal height Northern Counties double deck bus with the earlier front design.

Further details can be found on the Mirror Image Models Page.

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